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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Freedom of ’78 is a medium bodied IPA with a wonderful, bright clarity and pleasing bronze hue. The aroma is a unique fusion of citrus fruit and subtle pine qualities. The distinct characteristics of the guava nectar are impossible to miss, and attributes of tangerine, nectarine, and even faint honey flavors are detectable. The finish quickly turns to an expected IPA bitterness that turns dry during prolonged tastings

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3.7
smroush (297) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Aromas are heavily hops - grapefruit, pine and tangerine. A little sweet caramel malt. Visually it’s a cloudy amber with an averaged sized off-white head. Medium bitterness and some sweetness especially on the finish. Medium body; oily/creamy texture; average to just slightly lively carbonation; fairly crisp and even slightly dry but with a long, fruity, slightly sweet finish. Overall a very nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good IPA. There is a bit of sweet malt to balance the hops, but the hops are clearly front and center. I like the diversity/complexity of the hop flavors - grapefruit, tangerine and pine.

4.2
Atom (2556) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2016
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy orange/copper with a large off-white head. Very tropical aroma, heavy guava with piney hops and light caramel backing. Sweet guava, tropical hops meet piney bitter hop spice perfectly, cites, into light caramel malt and lingering dry bitterness. Yum! Great balanced and flavor flowing across the palate, very drinkable as well!

3.4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. 2 months from bottling date. It pours a golden color with an off whit ehead. The aroma has some caramel, pineapple and florals. The flavor is a little herbal with some pineapple, hints of pine, spruce and flowers. Strong spruce/flowery bitterness. Honey malt sweetness. Good.

3.2
jredmond (8517) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle shared with Paul, Max and Vinny. Pours a bright clear golden body with thin white lacing. Nose is citrus, melon, guava and spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of spice, honey, fruity malt and grapefruit.

3.5
PhillyCraft (7717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle, pours golden color. Notes are dank guava and fake peach. Too much shorts influence in this one. Too much

3.1
hotstuff (5233) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Rated on 7-29-2016 (Bottle) The appearance is a medium sized frothy, fizzy white head that mostly diminished, slightly hazy amber body, lively, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is guava, citrus hops, tropical fruit, very earthy, grapefruit, some pine hops, and malt. The flavor presents moderate bitterness, guava, moderately sweet, fruity, zesty, and light grapefruit. The mouthfeel is lively carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. I quickly discovered that my sense of taste does not like guava. It simply is not my thing.

4.2
MeisterD99 (38) - Lansing, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Short’s always is the best with edgy beers. Beautiful orange with small white head. Nose is wonderful tropical fruit. Tropical fruit flavors plus guava with a slight bitter finish. Not for craft beer wimps....but a beautiful experiment

3.7
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Draft at Railroad. Pours hazy straw with off-white head. Nose was resiny hops, grapefruit, mango. More hops in the flavor.

3.6
kaser (6366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Nutty and guava flavors. Delicious but weird. Draft at Beermiscuous. Crazy fruit and earthy. Not nsd

3.6
tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2016
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and shaker served, showing a cloudy, orangey gold color, with a presentable and rather persistent layer of white, thick & cakey froth, and patches & wavy spray of lacing. The aroma was an expressive nose of nectarine, guava, and some strawberry-like sweetness. Light to medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste added a citrus & rind bitterness that possessed some lingering quality, continued the subtle, fruity sweetness, mild malt, and finished with a bit of dryness. Nothing overpowering, but loved the nose, and found this quite drinkable.


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